Breaking my own rules and reviewing something that was $Free.99 for my first review.
Fun fact about me. I love free shit! I’ll take free shit at my own inconvenience just because its free. I worked at a big corp and would swoop down on free food in the kitchen area like a fucking vulture. “Does this free tuna sandwich that’s been sitting out for 3 hours have a little tang to it? Will I be puking my guts up from some unknown food borne illness that caused said tang?” It’s happened before and it will happen again. For free stuff I will risk it all. This behavior is more trash than yuppie. It is what it is.
I haven’t said this yet, but I live in Seattle. This has greatly influenced my new yuppie persona. Seattle is a city in the middle of rapid growth. Amazon is bringing in so many yuppies that the city tried to tax them for it. This is leading to an identity crisis. People who were already here don’t like the traffic and all of the new people. All of the new people here are making the authentic Seattle neighborhoods less so. I hesitate to tell people that I got here because my girlfriends company got a contract with Amazon. It’s a contentious situation between natives and yuppies.
So when I ventured over to KEXP, I put on my Costco flannel to do my best to not be detected as new. KEXP is the local radio station that records in the shadow of the Space Needle and the soon to be renovated Key Arena. The music they play is diverse and in true Seattle fashion, it shares the space with a coffee shop and a record store.
KEXP was having the neo punk band IDLES record live in their studio at 9:30 am. I work at a start up that has normal bizness hours so I had to play a little hooky in order to go. IDLES was playing a sold out show at a tiny venue later in the week with no resell tickets on any site, so I finagled an excuse and got there.
All I had to do was fork over my e mail and phone number and I got a ticket to see a 30 min set. They packed about 65 people into a small dark room with big glass windows into the studio. Not the same experience as a concert, but a great value nonetheless. We weren’t allowed to clap until the end and to my dismay no mosh pit broke out but a very cool experience all things considered.
Those Brits brought it that morning. Sounding almost identical to their album while bringing stage antics like the singer poking the guitarist in the face with the mic stand or the the two guitarists chasing each other while the camera men spun out of the way to not get tangled in amp cords. The end message from the band was centered around positivity and self love. When we were finally allowed to clap, the crowd erupted.
I’m not a music reviewer, but I know a good live act when I see one. I can’t recommend IDLES or KEXP live shows more.
Final Review: 10/10
Would I Do it Again? In a heartbeat